A 400-mile wide Arctic swell is set to bring Scotland’s -9C (16F) coldest night of autumn tonight – amid the earliest winter snow for 11 years.
Two inches of rain will fall in Scotland this week, starting in the west tomorrow with other parts of Scotland affected from Thursday.
A full weather forecast is in the video above this story.
Scotland is colder than Helsinki, seeing 3C nights, as polar air blowing towards the country sees tonight poised to be the coldest of autumn.
The Met Office warned Scotland is set for colder temperatures tonight than last week’s -8.1C at Dalwhinnie in the Highlands.
Freezing weather is forecast – our gritters will treat the bridges and their approach roads at 14:00 today and 02:00 tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/YLQzQ9bEk1
— The Forth Bridges (@TheForthBridges) November 18, 2019
Scotland faces snow flurries on higher ground as the Met Office said snow, which hit England’s west in recent days, is its earliest winter fall since 2008.
Days will limp to 7-9C all week in Scotland.
More deluges will follow next week.
Coral cut white Christmas odds to 4-1 in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “The white stuff’s already falling and so are the odds.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “There’s a lot more rain to come, and that’s worrying news for those hit by flooding.
“After a brief drier interlude, low pressure will take up residence. Flooding concerns continue.”
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Slow-moving rain returns to the west tomorrow and other parts from Thursday for the rest of the week, with bands of rain.
“It’s cold in the northerly flow. Tonight could be the coldest night of autumn in Scotland and England, exceeding -8.1C in Scotland and down to -6C in northern England.”